First Farmers to shift Cool Springs lenders to Green Hills

Maury County-based bank plans to open first Davidson site this fall

Columbia-based First Farmers & Merchants Bank has tapped a veteran team of lenders and other managers to lead its first foray into Davidson County.

Veteran bank employees Dick Sevier, Berry Brooks and Rory Mallard will relocate this fall to Hillsboro Circle in Green Hills from First Farmers’ Cool Springs outpost. In addition, the company has hired a Capital Bank manager to run the office, which will be First Farmers’ 19th in all.

Sevier (pictured), who has more than four decades of experience, will be senior commercial relationship manager, the same role he has held in Cool Springs since 2009. Brooks, also a senior commercial relationship manager, has been in banking in Middle Tennessee since 1971, having worked for Commerce Union, Bank of America, First American and AmSouth. Mallard, meanwhile, is a former manager of Fifth Third Bank’s Music Row office who moved to First Farmers in 2011. He will be a commercial relationship manager in Green Hills.

Coming over from Capital Bank to manage the new branch is Rita Conner, pictured at right. She was vice president and branch manager at Capital since 2011 and also was a branch manager for SunTrust Bank.

"We expect customers at the Green Hills financial center will have a wide variety of everyday and long-term banking needs,” said Craig Holland, Williamson County president for First Farmers. “That’s why we have assigned some of our most experienced bankers to that office."

Separately, First Farmers says it has recruited Brady Gardner from First Tennessee Bank in Nashville as a commercial relationship manager to help fill the spaces Sevier and his Green Hills-bound team will vacate. Previously, Gardner was commercial special assets officer and consultant at First Tennessee as well as a commercial special assets workout officer and customer relationship and portfolio manager at Fifth Third.